What do cherry pie, piñatas, and braces have in common?
They’re all better on the inside! It may seem like a strange comparison, but the fact is, braces are always better when they’re placed on the inside surface of your teeth! Braces affixed in this manner are known as hidden braces or lingual braces. This means they are placed on the surface of your tooth facing your tongue rather than the outside of your teeth. Lately, lingual braces are becoming very popular for many good reasons. Here are just a few:
No Social Stigma
If you think back to your teenage years, chances are it wasn’t the easiest of times. More than likely, you spent a lot of time wanting to fit in or at least be accepted. Traditional braces worn on the outside of the teeth are highly visible, presenting a target for teasing or unpleasant comments. Metal mouth and brace face may have been mentioned a few times. And even if you were immune to these comments or were fortunate enough to be surrounded exclusively by kind people, you most likely would have preferred not to have braces at school and around your friends.
It’s only natural that adults also want to look attractive. Just as you might choose a stylish pair of eyeglasses, you should also have a selection when it comes to braces. Traditional, front-facing braces are often associated with teenagers, and many adults are concerned that wearing such braces could make them appear immature or unprofessional. More and more adults are seeking treatment these days and insist on only the most discreet options.
Today, both adults and kids can maintain a high-level of self-confidence with custom lingual braces. The positioning of these braces makes them absolutely invisible to other people. Since there is no removable aligner such as with Invisalign, there’s no need to take them out to eat or drink – avoiding awkward moments at mealtimes. Your braces are your business. When you choose lingual braces, no one has to know about it but you and your orthodontist.
Traditional braces are prone to causing pain and irritation to the inside of your mouth. Wires often poke into your cheeks and brackets can scratch and pinch the interior of your lips. With braces on the outside of the teeth, it’s not uncommon for patients to need frequent wax and extra office visits to fix nagging discomforts and irritations. Cold sores often appear which can make the problem even worse, causing a lot of pain and frustration.
These irritants largely disappear with lingual braces. The braces don’t face your lips, so there’s no pinching or abrasion. Cold sores also don’t typically form on the surfaces that are adjacent to lingual braces. For most patients, the worst problem encountered is possibly some mild tongue irritation. You may also experience a little difficulty with your speech in the beginning as you get used to your new braces. This is usually short-lived and your orthodontist can assist you if this occurs.
Lingual braces are personalized for your unique individual teeth and orthodontic needs. The fitting process is high-tech, often incorporating 3D digital mapping, and uses specialized equipment. They pose an interesting biomechanical challenge to your orthodontist since movement is not happening in the same way as traditional braces. Because of this, an orthodontist must be particularly trained in order to offer lingual braces to their patients. Orthodontists who are members of the Elite Lingual Orthodontic Study Club (ELOS) excel at providing lingual braces. They all have all the expert knowledge needed to provide you with top quality lingual care. This stands, no matter how complex your orthodontic treatment may be.
With an ELOS provider, you will never be told you are not a candidate for lingual braces. Lingual braces may even give you a slightly faster treatment time. They correct crooked teeth, tooth gaps and all sorts of bite misalignments. Your lingual braces have the same effectiveness as traditional braces and can treat any orthodontic challenge in the hands of an ELOS provider.
Perfect for Kids
If your child has all their permanent teeth and they just don’t want braces, you’ve got a great option available to them: lingual braces placed on the inside surface of their teeth! Since lingual braces are placed permanently until treatment is complete, there’s no need to worry if your child is wearing their appliance! If you choose a removable appliance such as Invisalign, the aligners must be taken out for meals and snacks and are therefore easily forgotten or misplaced. Many Invisalign patients never complete their treatment because they just don’t have the discipline to wear the aligners. This is not an issue with hidden braces, and since they are completely invisible. No one will know your child even has braces unless they choose to tell someone.
Another great feature of lingual braces is that if your child plays sports, the inside of your child’s lips and cheeks is protected from injury in case of being hit in the mouth with a soccer ball, for example. Since lingual braces are located on the inside of the teeth, the braces won’t injure cheeks or gums in case of impact.
Every expert lingual (ELOS) orthodontist chooses their own lingual system according to his or her preference. There are a variety of brands available, and they differ slightly as to design, but they all basically function the same way. So no matter what brand your ELOS lingual orthodontist uses, you will get the same perfect results. Some popular lingual braces brands are:
- Incognito by 3M
- Harmony by American Orthodontics (AO)
- SureSmile by OraMetrix
- In-Ovation L by Ormco
A Smart Choice
If you’re concerned about your smile or bite or think your child could benefit from orthodontic correction, there’s no more reason to delay treatment. Quite often, the sooner you take action the easier the problem is to correct. When you get lingual braces from an ELOS professional, you can expect a comprehensive, excellent quality experience. Finding a trained and knowledgeable ELOS orthodontist in your area is as simple as clicking here.
Lingual Braces – Why Inside is Better than Outside